Funding Priorities

Grants criteria and deadlines differ depending on the funding priority. Please make sure you are eligible to apply and your project meets the criteria before filling out an application form.

Traveller Men
We have a particular interest in locally-based projects seeking to increase the participation of male Travellers in the development of their own community, including initiatives breaking new ground in family support, culturally-appropriate employment initiatives and personal development. We are interested in initiatives which improve literacy levels and educational progression and projects which support physical and mental health. We encourage fresh thinking around enduring issues and applications should include a pathway to sharing the learning at all levels.
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Humane Justice System
This grants focus area generally supports work with prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families. We consider progressive initiatives focused on new approaches for: alternatives to custody; in-prison supports; through-the-gate supports; the availability of options to integrate the ex-prisoner back into society and initiatives working with prisoners’ families. Projects should include reflection and social analysis in the application, which allows the organisation to demonstrate what works or doesn’t work. Information gathered should be used to influence policy development and to effect change on some of the more difficult issues facing prisoners/ex-prisoners and their families. Development projects or start-up initiatives need to have a clear basis for future sustainability.
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Vulnerable Migrants
For the purposes of this grants focus area we define vulnerable migrants as refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants living in severe poverty and hardship. The Trust recognises the severe disadvantage and poverty which can be experienced by asylum seeker families living in Ireland. This includes families living in Direct Provision Centres in the Republic of Ireland and refused asylum seekers in Northern Ireland who often experience destitution.
We invite applications from organisations working directly with individuals and families, supporting them in a practical, effective manner to integrate into their local community and to be treated with dignity while living in Ireland.
All project work needs to be underpinned by a drive towards learning, improving practice and positive social change as set out in our general criteria for funding.
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Direct Provision Centre Activities for Children
The Trust recognises the severe disadvantages and poverty of opportunity experienced by families in Direct Provision Centres in the Republic of Ireland. We invite applications from organisations local to the Family Direct Provision Centres that support asylum seeker children to participate in community and sporting activities that will improve their quality of life, assist integration and build bridges with the community in which they are living.
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Travellers in Prison Initiative
The Travellers in Prison Initiative (TPI) was developed by SSGT in 2014 and is a response to the particular needs and circumstances of Travellers within the 14 prisons in the Republic of Ireland. It is recognised that there is a disproportionate number of Travellers within Irish prisons – although Travellers only account for 0.6% of the overall population in the Republic of Ireland they account for 22% of the female prison population and 15% of the male prison population (source: Irish Prison Service). The TPI has been developed to support existing programmes, to provide more co-ordination and to set up new projects aimed at assisting Travellers in prison and at reducing the number of Travellers in Irish prisons.
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Supporting inter-community practice & activism (NI)
St Stephen’s Green Trust (SSGT) has supported organisations working on issues of social justice in Ireland, North and South, over the past 25yrs. It believes that the strengthening of collaborative and supportive relationships within and between communities is essential for peace-building. As part of its commitment to peace-building in Northern Ireland, it is implementing a 2-year pilot grant programme supporting work at a grassroots level.
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Technical Assistance
The Trust will consider providing small amounts of funding to support low-capacity organisations wishing to develop project proposals / grant applications (which fit our thematic criteria), particularly those being developed on a collaborative basis.
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